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25th Anniversary | 25 Year Membership With The AIA

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Ellen Dickson was delighted to receive her 25-year certificate from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago, a recognition which made her travel through a personal time capsule. Her first entry into the AIA was serving on the Design Committee supporting their efforts to promote good design through AIA awards and publications as Student Awards Chair and Committee Chair. Alongside these activities, Ellen edited the AIA Chicago annual design award book, the 10th and 11th volumes; and helped to develop the Adopt-A-School or Box City Program that reached out to inner city and suburban fifth-graders with a core goal to educate the students in understanding the design, building, zoning, and planning process at a key career development time in their life; Ellen just finished her tenure as an AIA Chicago and AIA Illinois Board Director where she focused her efforts on developing leaders in the area of emerging architectural professionals. “It has been rewarding to inspire many generations of would-be and soon-to-be architects. I have made many strong personal connections that will last a lifetime while learning that the AIA is a great place to help shape an architect’s influence on society as a whole.”